What Causes Sharks to Attack?

800 WordsJan 31, 20183 Pages
Millions of families vacation to beaches around the world every year. People visit the beach to have fun in the sun and enjoy one of God’s greatest gifts-the ocean. The ocean contains between 0.7-2.2 million species (Latham par. 2). Among those species, at the top of the food chain are sharks. Sharks are said to be one of the most dangerous oceanic species in the world. Knowing this information, why do people continue to swim in shark infested waters? I am interested to find out what causes sharks to attack, and if there is anything in common with most or all shark attack victims. Are sharks more likely to attack males rather than females? Are more attacks made by sharks on surfers, rather than swimmers? The answers to all of these questions would allow for those visiting the ocean to have a safer experience and possibly save lives. Although the existence of sharks has caused many injuries and fatalities in our world, we must also realize that our presence has caused much worse for their species. The amount of sharks killed by humans is appalling, “a recent report published in the journal Marine Policy revealed that an estimated 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year” (Mosbergen par. 2). Sharks are very quickly coming upon extinction. Sharks kill nowhere near that amount of people a year. It has been noted that “between 2006 and 2010, a total of 179 shark attacks occurred in the U.S.” (Oceana par. 2). That is much less than the human versus shark statistic.
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